Applied Behavioral Analysis (also known as ABA) has only a 50/50 chance of "working." And that number gives all of the credit to the "therapy" and none to the child's natural development, assuming that between the years of ages 3 and 6 the child would make no progress on their own. However, there is an... Continue Reading →
Autism Spectrum Disorder. That sounds scary, doesn't it? Didn't you see on the TV that shooter was Autistic? Is your kid going to be a killer someday? Wait- they said 80% of couples with Autistic kids get divorced. Will that be you? Don't Autistics have issues communicating? Your child has some issues- will they get... Continue Reading →
[Image of a black and white crowd with red "Test for Neurotypicallity" is intended to be a satire of doom and gloom posts about tests for autism.] I was scrolling through all my "Saved" links on Facebook when I was reminded of this link. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it tests for "neruotypicality" (which I've... Continue Reading →
We did this last fall and we're doing it again this fall! Fall is my favorite time of year, and I try to bring it about as soon as possible indoors, even if the outside insists that it's still summer. I looked through my old posts and realized I totally forgot to blog about this... Continue Reading →
Today Early Bird asked me what it means when dogs yawn. I was surprised because I thought the answer was obvious. So I asked him what it means when he yawns to nudge him into the answer I thought was correct. Early Bird replied that it doesn't matter what it means when humans do it,... Continue Reading →
(This post was written with permission from Builder Boy. As he gets older, I am trying to be more aware of how blogging about him affects him, both now and in the future. He has veto and editorial power.) You know how the best parents are the people who don't have any kids? (Sarcasm) I... Continue Reading →
To help me infuse more emotion into my writing, I started searching around the internet for information on body language. But I also noticed some other things that I picked up on in my earlier searches: things that are natural for autistics are often listed as expressions of negative emotions.
A common objection to respecting a child's choices about food, aside from nutrition concerns, is cooking differently for one person, or having to cook an entirely separate meal on top of the one already being made for the rest of the family. Early Bird, on top of sensory issues due to SPD, also deals with... Continue Reading →
Going to the bathroom is boring. But there's a lot more than just that going on for autistics that make us avoid going until we absolutely have to.
I have shared before how I use screenshots of Lady Bug's preferred show at the time to encourage engagement and learning away from the screen. I have two Super Why examples that I'd like to share. There is a Super Why episode, season 3 episode 2, that is wonderful for early literacy. The episode is... Continue Reading →
I've written about how to tell your child that they're autistic. But how do you tell a friend you suspect their child may be on the spectrum? Three years ago, I knew almost nothing about autism. The things that I did know was nothing like what I saw in my kids. They were just quirky,... Continue Reading →